Meet a Westsider:
Julia Mesnikoff

Profession/Occupation... I’m a nurse practitioner at the William Storms Allergy Clinic.

What I like most about the Westside is... the age and diversity of the architecture, how many of the businesses are independent rather than chains, and being so close to the mountains and hiking trails.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... bringing back a hardware store! With a 106-year-old house, we need a hardware store pretty often. Right now we usually go to the Ace Hardware at Bon, but we would definitely patronize a neighborhood store.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “Harold & Maude,” a 1970s bell-bottomed cult classic with a Cat Stevens soundtrack.

The worst advice I’ve ever gotten was... When I was 14, I turned down a trip to Kenya with my grandmother because I’d miss the first two weeks of school, and I was worried about catching up. My parents let me make the decision, but I really wish they’d pushed me to go. I was a good student and it wouldn’t have been that hard to catch up.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... the author, Anne Lamott. I think she’d be the kind of person worth spending time with. Her writing is so funny and self-critical and insightful and kind, all at the same time.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... do a bike tour with my husband, hopefully Ireland, maybe Oregon or Utah, if the budget demands.

My favorite childhood memory is... learning to sew with my mother and grandmother – bits of fabric and lace and ribbon all over – heaven.

My favorite winter pastime is... same as for the other seasons – hiking. I never get tired of Section 16, Waldo Canyon, Barr Trail, Mt. Cutler. Something is new every time.

Something good I’ve read is.. I finished “The Secret Life of Bees,” a couple weeks ago. It’s terrific.

My pet peeve is... people who neglect to think for themselves. Thinking and gathering good information is hard work, and people get lazy.

If I won the lottery, I’d... hire a landscaper and finally get some xeriscape going at our house. Also send a bunch of money to La Puente Home, a wonderful homeless shelter in Alamosa that I used to work at. And go to India and Japan.

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